Favourite Finds at Design Joburg

Ask any design-passionate individual what they’re looking forward to in May each year, and they will undoubtedly proclaim Design Joburg! Now in it’s third year, Design Joburg is a design show like no other in South Africa and has taken on a bold new identity that we can be proud of as a country. Obsessed with great design, Caesarstone was there to get inspired and these are some of our favourite finds…

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With Greg Gamble and Philippe van der Merwe of Tonic Design managing the creative direction of the show, homeowners, designers and trend-watchers were enthralled by many new elements. Once again, Rooms on View was a showstopper which features inspiring room sets by top decorators. This year we were able to engage with industry experts at the Kohler Theatre initiative, that provides a platform to hear icons such as leading British designers Yinka Ilori and Michael Anastassiades and local stalwarts like Donald Nxumalo, Tristan Plessis, Jon Case, Fanie van Zyl and Dylan Thomaz.

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Above and below: of course we were drawn to our favourite room of the house – the kitchen. Here Totem Kitchens designed a multi-functional and split-level kitchen island in Excava and Vanilla Noir Caesarstone.
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Another beautiful element of Design Joburg is the emphasis on collaboration. Seeing smaller designs, products and materials come to life when paired with the right combination of curators is just magnificent and ensures that young designers are leveraged and mentored by bigger brands. 

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What stands out at Design Joburg is that no exhibit is the same. The designers have been inspired and made the ideas their own. There is nothing cookie-cutter about this show. As Greg and Philippe explainTrends will always keep on trending, but we get more excited about design that represents the experiences, backgrounds and lives of their creators. What we are noticing in the local design community is a diverse cultural influence and with it many layers of reference. This has spawned a design language very unique to SA and a level of authenticity that is hard to emulate. There are many SA designers telling their stories through their design and that is very exciting for us.”

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Above and below: This year chef Wandile Mabaso took food porn to the next level. Les Creatifs was the food space that welcomed our marble-inspired White Attica Caesarstone as the canvas for his incredible creations. This Sowetan-born, French-trained chef is one to watch.
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“SA designers are using the diverse culture and craft of the continent to create design that is original and contemporary, not trying to emulate European or North American design, but developing its own identity. We think the future of design in southern Africa will be defined by a confidence in being African and being influenced by Africa.”
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Above and below: A special mention to Donald Nxumalo and his incredible team that brought an international level exhibit to the show. A flawless execution of exquisite interior design featuring Hertex Fabrics.
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Also on our radar and featured in these images are our must-follow brands and designers: PG Interiors, SHF, Andrew Hector Tableware, blu_line Kitchens, The Storer, Eiffinger wallpaper, Studio 19, Douglas and Douglas, Marcel Wanders and Nelson Kubheka of Ommni Design.

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Presented by Sanlam Wealth, make sure you are following Design Joburg to continue to be inspired and up-to-date on the latest South African design trends. Also, put it in your 2020 diary NOW! 

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THINKING ABOUT REVAMPING YOUR SPACE?
Contact us today to get a quote for your Caesarstone from an Accredited Fabricator. You can also get great inspiration and information from our other expert interviews. Read about interior design advice from Jessica Boyer or find out what is shaping the Kitchen of the Future. Don’t forget to tag #CaesarstoneSA to show off your Caesarstone Kitchen! We’d love to see your heart of the home!

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